The Supreme Court’s ruling was soon superseded by a law enacted by Congress.
Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, the Supreme Court had consistently held that insurance policies were not interstate commerce and that states were free to regulate the industry, including out-of-state companies that wrote policies in their states. However, the U.S. Justice Department sued the South-Eastern Underwriters Association for price fixing under the Sherman Antitrust Act
By a 4-3 vote, the Supreme found against the underwriters association. In his opinion for the Court, Justice Hugo L. Black
Commerce, regulation of
Prudential Insurance Co. v. Benjamin
Reversals of Court decisions by Congress